Ever wondered which pet injuries or conditions result in the most pet insurance claims? Or what is the most expensive dog and cat breeds in terms of vet bills? This infographic highlights claims paid over a one year period (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015) and lists some of the most common pet injuries & operations for dogs & cats.

Top 10 dog breeds by claims

By either volume or percentage of total claims

Breed Qty of claims Breed Qty of claims
1Maltese Cross 9159 2Staffordshire Bull Terrier 5049
3Labrador 4580 4Golden Retriever 4177
5Cavoodle 3872 6German Shepherd 3678
7Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 3128 8Border Collie 2889
9Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross 2866 10Kelpie Cross 2830
breed qty of claims
1Maltese Cross 9159
2Staffordshire Bull Terrier 5049
3Labrador 4580
4Golden Retriever 4177
5Cavoodle 3872
6German Shepherd 3678
7Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 3128
8Border Collie 2889
9Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross 2866
10Kelpie Cross 2830

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Top 10 cat breeds by claims

By either volume or percentage of total claims

Breed Qty of claims Breed Qty of claims
1Domestic Short Hair 3072 2Tabby 899
3Domestic Medium Hair 825 4Domestic House Cat 796
5Ragdoll 724 6Burmese 558
7Domestic Long Hair 539 8Domestic Short Hair Cross 520
9Moggie 385 10British Short Hair 300
Breed Qty of claims
1Domestic Short Hair 3072
2Tabby 899
3Domestic Medium Hair 825
4Domestic House Cat 796
5Ragdoll 724
6Burmese 558
7Domestic Long Hair 539
8Domestic Short Hair Cross 520
9Moggie 385
10British Short Hair 300

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Top 10 most common pet injuries/conditions

By either volume or percentage of total claims

Diagnoses Description Qty of Claims Total Claim $
Otitis Externa A chronic inflammation of the external ear canal. Characterised by enlarged glands and excess wax production.1 3,189 $441,049.08
Skin Conditions Can cover anything from yeast infection, impetigo, ringworm, and other skin diseases.2 2,438 $312,249.38
Arthritis Includes degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis.3 2,417 $237,141.29
Cruciate Lig Rupture A stretch or tear in the fibrous tissue of the knee joint that leads to rupture.4 1,874 $1,415,869.28
Conjunctivitis Inflammation of the conjunctiva that can be caused by either allergies or more serious issues.5 1,633 $163,783.51
Ear Infection Can be caused by bacteria, yeast, or ear mites, manifesting in lots of scratching and rubbing of the ear.6 1,560 $207,548.20
Lump Can be either a fat deposit (lipoma) or something more serious, such as a tumour.7 1,390 $430,090.10
Dermatitis An inflammatory skin disease, often associated with allergies.8 1,373 $187,406.11
Gastroenteritis Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that can be caused by bacterial or viral infection or parasites.9 1,291 $392,254.06
Ear Conditions Any disorder of the ear that can be caused by anything from parasites, trauma, hormone disorders, or other issues.10 1,205 $151,215.53

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Top 10 most expensive pet operations

Diagnoses Average Claim Amount
Oesophageal Perforation $7,764.13
Sepsis $5,765.84
Cerebellar Herniation $5,673.90
Neoplasm – Parathyroid $5,590.17
Urolithiasis – Ureteric $4,573.80
Intervertebral Disc Extrusion / Herniation / Prolapse – Cervical $4,404.51
Abdominal Injury – Presenting Complaint $4,364.00
Pericardial Effusion – Idiopathic $4,294.40
Physeal Disorder – Premature Physeal Closure $3,938.50
Intestinal Obstruction – Small Intestine $3,931.62

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Top 10 most expensive dog breeds

By average claim amount

Breed Average claim amount Breed Average claim amount
1Sarplaninac $2,517.18 2Black Russian Terrier $1,967.87
3Foxhound Cross $1,601.39 4Saluki Cross $1,520.94
5Swiss Shepherd Cross $1,279.92 6Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Cross $1,272.70
7Pinscher $1,244.37 8Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog $1,181.95
9Italian Pointer Cross $1,141.86 10Dingo Cross $1,055.99
breed Average Claim Amount
1Sarplaninac $2,517.18
2Black Russian Terrier $1,967.87
3Foxhound Cross $1,601.39
4Saluki Cross $1,520.94
5Swiss Shepherd Cross $1,279.92
6Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Cross $1,272.70
7Pinscher $1,244.37
8Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog $1,181.95
9Italian Pointer Cross $1,141.86
10Dingo Cross $1,055.99

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Top 10 most expensive cat breeds

By average claim amount

Breed Average claim amount Breed Average claim amount
1Norwegian Forest Cat Cross $587.56 2American Maine Coon $494.77
3Rex – Devon Si-Rex $485.97 4Hybrid $479.68
5Manx $464.29 6Cornish Rex $364.96
7Somali $345.55 8Tom Cat $328.67
9Turkish Van Cross $309.35 10Spotted Mist $301.85
Breed Average claim amount
1Norwegian Forest Cat Cross $587.56
2American Maine Coon $494.77
3Rex – Devon Si-Rex $485.97
4Hybrid $479.68
5Manx $464.29
6Cornish Rex $364.96
7Somali $345.55
8Tom Cat $328.67
8Turkish Van Cross $309.35
10Spotted Mist $301.85

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Sources

  1. Acute otitis externa: the successful first-opinion ear consultationIn Practice
  2. 9 Common Causes of Skin Problems in DogsRoyal Canin
  3. Pet ArthritisBedford-Dianella Vet Centre
  4. Cruciate Ligament Rupture (Cruciate Disease) in DogsThe Veterinary Expert
  5. Is Conjunctivitis in Dogs Contagious? – Care.com
  6. Dog Ear Infections: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and PreventionAmerican Kennel Club
  7. The Best and Worst Ways to Diagnose LumpsThe Vet Practice
  8. Dermatitis: An Itch Your Dog Can't ScratchEltham Veterinary Practice
  9. Gastroenteritis in DogsVetary
  10. Ear Disease in DogsThe Veterinary Expert

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